13th April 2018
Dry overnight then it rained at all levels from before dawn to midday. The snow cover remains good but is diminishing. The Carn Liath plateau is now a series of (sizeable) linked patches, though the Sron a Ghoire/Creag Meagaidh side is more complete at higher levels. Best cover now above 700m, with ribbons of snow below this altitude in places.
(Above) Looking towards the Post Face of Coire Ardair from near Lochan a Choire. 700m cloudbase all day both in and out of the rainfall. Not the best conditions for photography.
(Above) The crag apron below the Easy Gully left and Staghorn Gully approach right. A sizeable tongue of fairly recent full depth avalanche debris emanating from Staghorn, entraining some ice. General stability is good but full depth avalanche potential is increasing in the environs of the Post Face and the crags of the Inner Coire. Cornices continue to threaten collapse, too. Pretty normal Creag Meagaidh spring day then!
(Above) Isolated chunk of ice on the crag apron -Â from high up in Centre Post, I think. Looked like it fell sometime this morning judging by the freshness of its track.
(Above) Rock debris probably entrained in recent snow and ice fall at the base of Raeburn’s Gully.
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